Quite often brides-to-be are confused as to the style of wedding photography they’d like. To help remove that confusion, this article provides a simple guide to the different styles available; this will help you choose both the style of photography you would like – and also to choose your wedding photographer (a separate but related issue).
Consider traditional wedding photography. This style of photography is characterised by a very formal approach. The images are usually highly posed and will require a good deal of intervention from the photographer (unless the bride and groom are experienced models and know how to pose). Be aware that this style will impact you in the following ways:
- The photographer will work to a time line – often with specific shots being organised at a very specific time.
- In some cases – the photographer will seem like a film director on a movie set, constantly organising individuals into posed groups to produce a set of traditional wedding images.
Although considered out of date by many, traditional style images will still appeal to the older generation, so older relatives of the bride & groom are likely to be happier with this type of image.
The downside for many modern brides is that the resulting images can appear very stiff and rigid – and so fail to fully convey the air of happiness and fun that is part of many modern ceremonies.
Consider contemporary wedding photography. This style is characterised by a far greater degree of informality and a more relaxed approach by the photographer. This can result in a greater level of spontaneity and is capable of capturing the spirit of fun, as well as some of the more formal elements – as the photographer will not be posing people to the same degree:
- There is less need for the photographer to intervene – much less of the photographer as Director of the movie of your day.
- This style is likely to produce a unique record of your day – no two weddings will look exactly the same. As a result, this style has gradually gained in popularity in comparison to the more traditional approach.
- The photographer will seek out great backgrounds and settings which can result in a stylised set of images which may resemble to a degree the kind of images you may see in a fashion magazine
- Is likely to produce a very candid record of your wedding with a high proportion of unusual shots that you probably would not expect from traditional or contemporary styles.
- If you have been posed for all your photographs – then you essentially have already seen the images – and there will be none of the ‘wow’ factor that you may get from a reportage image of you and the groom in an unguarded kiss or embrace.
- Reportage photography has a great deal to offer but inevitably – the drawback is that you simply cannot be sure what you may get in the end!